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The Vision of Saint Francis of Paola
Jiménez Donoso, José
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Jiménez Donoso, José

Consuegra, Toledo (Spain), 1632 - Madrid (Spain), 1690

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The Vision of Saint Francis of Paola

Last quarter of the XVII century. Oil on canvas.
Not on display

He is portrayed wearing the usual vestment of the Order: a hood, a long beard and leaning on a staff in the shape of a Greek tau. The figure of the saint, depicted in a pronounced diagonal, stops while traversing uneven terrain. He looks up and points to the sky on the left side of the scene. Behind him, a Minim friar carries one sick man on his shoulders while another one leans on the ground and support himself with a crutch. On the left, above the saint, two little angels, forcibly foreshortened, carry a rectangular tablet surrounded by luminous rays, upon which ‘CHARITAS’ is written. This is Saint Francis’s aphorism, which alludes to the frequent practice of this theological virtue. In the background, the brightest part of the composition, the painter has drawn some architectural elements. These clearly show a church doorway made up of two sections, rounded off by a pediment and figures of angels. An alcove containing an image of The Virgin and Child is also depicted. This façade and the tower on its right in particular are reminiscent of contemporary churches in Madrid. The constant presence of buildings throughout Donoso’s pictorial work is evidence of his extraordinary interest in and vocation for architecture and perspective.

Pintores del Reinado de Carlos II, Madrid, Museo del Prado, 1996, p.72

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Oil on canvas, Last quarter of the XVII century
Jiménez Donoso, José
Inventory number
P000694
Author
Jiménez Donoso, José
Title
The Vision of Saint Francis of Paola
Date
Last quarter of the XVII century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 172 cm; Width: 165 cm
Provenance
Madrid, Convent of Nuestra Señora de la Victoria, of the Minims, order founded by Saint Francis of Paola; Museo de la Trinidad.

Bibliography +

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Puente, Joaquín de la, Del Greco a Goya, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1978, pp. nº52.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 340.

Sullivan, Edward J., Baroque painting in Madrid: the contribution of Claudio Coello, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, 1986, pp. 83-84 / lám.53.

Palomino de Castro y Velasco, Acisclo Antonio, Vidas, Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 1986, pp. 295.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. 238.

Pintores del Reinado de Carlos II, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1996, pp. 72.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de la Trinidad, Pintura. Núm. 774.
Sn Fran.co de Paula, conjurando una vision con la señal de la cruz á lo lejos religiosos de la misma orden y á la espalda un templo figs de cuerpo entº y tamº medio nat.l/ Autor Donoso/ Rdo alto 1,72 ancho 1,65/ Id.id.id./ Nº 35/S.S.

Inscriptions +

CHARITAS
Inscribed in orange. Front, upper area

Exhibitions +

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Toledo
11.04.1997 - 11.05.1997

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Sevilla
28.02.1997 - 06.04.1997

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Murcia
24.01.1997 - 23.02.1997

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Valencia
20.12.1996 - 19.01.1997

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Zaragoza
15.11.1996 - 15.12.1996

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Pamplona
11.10.1996 - 10.11.1996

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Vitoria
06.09.1996 - 06.10.1996

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Santander
17.05.1996 - 16.06.1996

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
León
12.04.1996 - 12.05.1996

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Vigo
29.02.1996 - 31.03.1996

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Update date: 28-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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